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  • Letters from the Earth

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Carl Reiner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Here we see Twain on a somewhat personal level. Penniless and having just lost his wife and one of his children, Twain turns to writing about God, Christianity, and the many curious natures of man. This collection was so controversial that his daughter prohibited its publication until 52 years after his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for thinking people

  • By Charles on 11-28-11

I don't get it and I'm sorry!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Let me first stay that the narration was very good and I'll look for more of it by Carl Reiner. That being said, and knowing that this was written at some very low times in Twain's life, it felt to me like nothing more than a rant against God. It was beautifully written and spoken, but a rant nonetheless.

I see that some reviewers have said they will try it again later, but I won't be doing that. I either didn't "get it" or did get it but didn't like it. SO sad about this because I LOVE all other of his work I have read/listened to.

If you don't want your bubble burst you will pass this one up. It has certainly not soured me on Twain and I will read him again, but not this. I knew him to be a skeptic before this, but this just wan't to my taste.

  • Cesar Millan's Guide to Audiobooks for Dogs

  • By: Cesar Millan
  • Narrated by: Cesar Millan
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,279

Cesar Millan - the best-selling author, TV star, and internationally acclaimed dog-behavior expert - introduces his favorite way to keep our canine companions calm and happy when they're alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This works for my two Siberian rescues

  • By CrzGzr on 08-08-17

Cesar tries to help us more clearly understand our dogs.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Good insights on why dogs do things and what we can do to help our dogs not feel so stressed when they're away from us. Our two dogs like radio and want to specially loves TV but I'm thinking audiobooks are a better fit after listening to this.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Churchill

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

In Churchill, Johnson applies a wide lens and an unconventional approach to illuminate the various phases of Churchill's career. From his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the Empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War, Johnson shows how Churchill's immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superlative Account of Churchill

  • By Darrell on 12-08-09

In depth-no. But a GREAT place to start!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Several reviewers have panned this as "not detailed enough" but I would call this is a starter book on Churchill. If you want detail, do the 3-part The Last Lion by Wm Manchester. This gives you the "flavor" of Churchill without being heavy handed. I had already done Manchester's 1st volume & love the detail & depth, so this seemed a little lightweight to me, but was very informative, all the same. If someone is unsure how they feel about a large tomb about someone they don't really know, start here. The performance of the narrator was excellent!

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    Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
    2,608 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • Olive Kitteridge

  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,608
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,953

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interweaving Short Stories Make a Good Novel

  • By Sara on 07-21-14

We are, none of us, what we seem to ourselves.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-16

What did you love best about Olive Kitteridge?

I loved that I eventually came to appreciate Olive - she was very irritating a first, but through the stories, I came to see that she was hurting, though I never fully understood from what. She was never an easy character to like, but I did come to appreciate her.

Who was your favorite character and why?

If you had asked me early on, I would have said Henry, but really, it was Olive. There was a LOT of good there, and even kindness, but she almost never showed it to anyone and when she did, she hated that she had let it outside.

Which scene was your favorite?

In a way, the fight with Christopher when she went to see his family. It really brought home how differently she saw herself from what she projected and what she was.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did occasionally laugh, but never cried, though I supposed I should have cried for Olive a time or two. I was very taken with the language, the turn or phrase, the lyrical beauty of the whole book.

Any additional comments?

I have seen many comments both here and on other sources that pan the narrator. I have to say that I felt she did a wonderful job of the "Maine" accent and she did NOT over do it. I also feel compelled to say that if you don't do well with heavy accents/dialects, read it, don't listen to it. I feel the criticism is unfair to the book and the narrator. Anyone who lives in Maine or has been there will understand this.

  • Custer's Trials

  • A Life on the Frontier of a New America
  • By: T.J. Stiles
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Pulitzer Prize, History, 2016. In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person - capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By JackMargo on 06-23-16

a masterful job of cutting through the legend(s)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anyone looking for a balanced telling of this story will appreciate the setting of context. T. J. Stiles has done a masterful job of placing Custer within his time, even when Custer himself did not always feel comfortable in his time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be the engaging, complicated, maddening and delightful Custer himself.

What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His calm reading of the story enables one to remain objective about a subject that is anything but to most Americans.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I listened to the final chapter 4 times - the inquiry requested of the military by Reno made for interesting listening and while some of it was complicated, it was enlightening.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I would add, if it were somehow possible, was a map of the area of the battle. I plan to find one and listen AGAIN to the final chapter in order to fully understand it all. (I have been to the Custer battlefield at the Little Big Horn twice and the picture still eluded me.)

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

  • By: Norman Maclean
  • Narrated by: David Manis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907

In A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean claims that “in my family, there is no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.” Nor is there a clear line between family and fly-fishing. It is the one activity where brother can connect with brother and father with son, bridging troubled relationships at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana. In Maclean’s autobiographical novella, it is the river that makes them realize that life continues and all things are related.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Movie- and the Short Story is Better!

  • By Joe on 08-10-14

It resonates long after the read is done.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-15

If you could sum up A River Runs Through It and Other Stories in three words, what would they be?

Luminous Poignant Inspiring

What did you like best about this story?

Mclean's cadence; it is as nearly perfect poetry as prose gets. And the reading by David Manis is just right; not rushing but letting the poetry of it move along at it's own pace, somewhat like the river.

Which scene was your favorite?

Oh so many. They all come alive in your mind's eye . . . you can feel the cold, glacial water on your feet . . . the thirst in the final story . . . it's all there.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was wishing Mclean had started publishing and writing before he was 70 and that there were many more stories for me to read.

Any additional comments?

I had actually read this in hardcover several years before and yet, (for one of the very few times in my life) it was better in audio book. You don't need to see the movie (though I understand why he made it). This is better, somehow more personal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Undaunted Courage

  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 21 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and - by way of the Snake and the Columbia rivers - down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West. When they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! But...

  • By sucks like poo on 11-17-15

Completely engaging!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-15

This is unquestionably one of the most important and interesting stories of early America and Stephen Ambrose has done an outstanding job of telling it. I have always been fascinated by this adventure, but I couldn't quit listening. In today's world it's very difficult to imagine this trip and the shear magnitude of what could have gone wrong. You will NOT regret purchasing it!

  • The Prince

  • By: Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,299

From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You have to know what you get with The Prince

  • By Cody Brown on 02-10-15

Not enough history in my background.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It wasn't wasted, but it would have been more productive if I had possessed the proper historical context for the details discussed.

Would you recommend The Prince to your friends? Why or why not?

I would say it is only for someone who has a good grounding in ancient and Italian history.

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He gives a very clear, reading of the material - I always enjoy his work.

Do you think The Prince needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

If it does, it needs some ancient and Italian history, followed by a re-listen.

Any additional comments?

The fault is mine, not the book's. Just trying to broaden my horizons, but I need some lower level broadening before I tackle this one again (which I just might do).

43 of 49 people found this review helpful

  • The Prisoner of Heaven

  • A Novel
  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 453

Internationally acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Carlos Ruiz Zafon takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them. Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julian, and their close friend Fermin Romero de Torres is about to be wed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brings together the stories from previous 2 books

  • By MissSusie66 on 07-17-12

Absolutely loved the continuation of the story....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's the third part of a purported four book story line and I have been completely enthralled by it from beginning to the end of this part (listening to each book twice in a row). I can't wait for the last book.

What other book might you compare The Prisoner of Heaven to and why?

I'm not sure I have anything in mind to compare it to.

Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favorite?

Kenny's characterizations took some getting used to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I easily could have - I sat in my garage on more than one night, waiting for a better place to stop.

Any additional comments?

My only negative comment would be that the narration was not as "fitting" as in the two previous books. Jonathan Davis is exquisite narrating The Shadow of the Wind and Dan Stevens did a good job with The Angel's Game (though after having JUST finished Shadow, Dan's voice took some getting used to). I have listened to Kenny narrate other books and like him, buy I was not a fan of his work here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow of the Wind

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,028

Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Have the book handy

  • By Rebecca on 07-17-05

It has been years since I loved a book this much!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-14

What made the experience of listening to The Shadow of the Wind the most enjoyable?

The language is so beautiful - you are so beguiled by the descriptions - places, things and times I have never lived were brought into reality - I could see it all.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow of the Wind?

It's too hard to name one without spoiling one of several moments for the next reader.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but this one was exquisite. I have started The Angel's Game - a different performer is doing that one and I normally love him as a reader, but for these stories, I can't imagine anyone being better than Jonathan Davis.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I guess I had two - first, I was crying at the beautiful ending, and second, I immediately began to listen to it again. I had to make myself go on to another book after I finished it for the 2nd time!!

Any additional comments?

I cannot believe I waited thirteen years to read this beautiful, mysterious book!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful